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Gee-Gees set their sights on Toronto, Ryerson

Tuesday February 7, 2012

Men’s basketball (13-4 OUA, no. 8 CIS)

Host Toronto (2-14 OUA) on Friday, February 8th 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

Host Ryerson (14-2 OUA, no. 6 CIS) on Saturday, February 9th 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)


After clinching a home playoff berth last weekend versus the Queen’s Gaels, the uOttawa Gee-Gees will look to continue their winning ways this weekend when they take on the Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday and the powerhouse Ryerson Rams on Saturday.

Some of the league’s most impressive scorers will go head-to-head on Friday night when the Gee-Gees take on the Varsity Blues. Toronto’s Alex Hill is currently ranked second in the OUA in scoring with 20.1 points per game while point guard Arun Kumar is ranked eighth with 17.9 points per game. That compares to Johnny Berhanemeskel’s sixth ranked 18.8 and Warren Ward’s ninth place 17.8 averages.

Despite their scoring potential, Toronto's record currently stands at a lowly 2-14 this season with the Blues going winless since November 17th when they defeated Waterloo.

The important game to keep an eye on will be Saturday’s match-up versus the second place Rams. Last time these teams met the Rams handed the garnet and grey a 76-71 loss thanks to a third quarter let-up by the Gee-Gees. Since losing two straight games versus Carleton and Laurentian the Rams have enjoyed a four-game winning streak which has kept them ahead of uOttawa.

To take the victory over the Rams, Ottawa will have to shut down guards Aaron Best and Jahmal Jones who are both averaging 16.8 points per contest. Best went off for 27 points in the January tilt, with Jones right behind him at 26 points in the game. The dynamic duo are known for being amongst the country’s most dangerous transition players.  

“Ryerson can be lethal from beyond the arc and in transition. In order to come out with a win we will have to stop their transition game and control the tempo because if they have that going for them they are very hard to beat,” said head coach James Derouin.

After a near triple-double last weekend, Warren Ward will to look to continue to produce for his team this weekend. In his fifth and final year with the Gee-Gee, Ward has averaged 17.8 points, 3.7 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game.

When asked about his team’s performance this season, Derouin said, “Some nights we have been lights-out on defence and some nights we have looked very strong on offence, so we are hoping we will hit a peak and everything will come together as we head towards the playoffs. The important thing is that we keep winning when it matters.”

On Saturday night the team will have an important group of alumni cheering them on. Members of the 1992-93 Wilson Cup winning Gee-Gees team will be on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their championship season.

Both games will be available on SSN Canada.